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SEATTLE, WA: October 25, 2018. UPS is testing parcel delivery by bicycle and customised trailer around Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market in a response to growing traffic congestion and declining air quality.

Equipped with a battery-powered electric motor that can travel longer distances than traditional bikes, the modular, detachable boxes on the trailer can hold up to 400 lbs. with a 95 cubic foot capacity.

UPS BikersDeveloped in collaboration with Silver Eagle Manufacturing using Truck Trikes, the cargo ‘eBike’ can be operated with human pedal power or battery power with removable cargo containers to enable deliveries in areas conventional delivery trucks can’t access.

If the test is successful UPS says it will consider additional eBike-based deliveries in other areas of the city.

“While we have launched cycle logistic projects in other cities, this is the first one designed to meet a variety of urban challenges,” said Scott Phillippi, UPS’s senior director of Maintenance and Engineering, International Operations.

“The modular boxes and trailer allow us to expand our delivery capabilities and meet the unique needs of our Seattle customers. It’s exciting to return to our roots – UPS started in Seattle in 1907 as a bicycle messenger company. We’re looking forward to being able to offer these customisable urban delivery solutions to other cities nationwide.”

UPS introduced its eBike in Hamburg in 2012 and operates inner-city delivery projects on foot and bike in more than 30 major cities worldwide including Leuven and Mechelen, Belgium; Paris and Toulouse, France; Frankfurt, Hamburg, Herne, Offenbach, Oldenburg and Munich, Germany; Dublin, Ireland; Rome and Verona, Italy; and London, U.K.

“As Seattle grows and public and private megaprojects limit capacity on our downtown streets, this pilot will help us better understand how we can ensure the delivery of goods while making space on our streets for transit, bikes, and pedestrians,” explained Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. “We are eager to learn how pilots like these can help build a city of the future with fewer cars, more transit and less carbon pollution.”

UPS has reported a 7.9 percent increase in third quarter revenue to US$17.44 billion and a net income of US$1.5 billion.

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